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No 912 (Balloon) (County of Warwick) Sqn Personnel and locations


Auxiliary Air Force personnel shown in italics.

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1939

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt W P Lewis   Arrived on posting for duty as Adjutant
Capt J V Garmonsway 22 Mar 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as a Flt Lt and assumed command of No 912 Sqn
Mr T E H Grove DSC 22 Mar 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO
Mr W H R Lloyds MC 23 Mar 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO
Mr J A Ottignon 24 Mar 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO
Mr C R Baron  6 May 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO
Mr P J Mosedale 24 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, wef 27 Jul 1939
Mr H D Thompson MC 24 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO, wef 2 Aug 1939
Mr J Bailey 24 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO
Mr G T Barnes 31 Aug 1939 Appointed to a commission in the AAF as an APO
Cpl Shaneet 31 Aug 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Old Sarum
Sgt Shaneet  1 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from RAF Depot, Uxbridge
Lt L H Gamble 12 Sep 1939 Arrived on posting from No 1 Balloon Training Unit, RAF Cardington for Administrative duties
AC2 J A Pitt 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Flt Sgt (unpaid)
AC2 W Gamble 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Sgt
AC2 C H Hustwayte 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Sgt
AC2 J J Bryant 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Sgt
AC2 A W Sweet 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 E E Saunders 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 J T Blower 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 J T Hutton 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 F J Smith 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 C Rhodes 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 C F Aldous 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 F Bayley 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 P H Walker 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 W F Buttery 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 H Fitton 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 H Whitmore 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 L J Rafferty 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 J H Taylor 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 F J Deakin 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 A J Inman 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 W P Allen 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 L L Cole 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 J F Stephens 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 A H Hazel 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 C Robins 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 G Houghton 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 S Gormley 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 K H Widdowson 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
AC2 G S Harman 15 Sep 1939 ACH, promoted to Act Cpl
Flt Lt W P Lewis 25 Sep 1939 Adjutant, posted to HQ No 31 Group
Lt L H Gamble 25 Sep 1939 Appointed Assistant Adjutant conditional on him taking a commission in the RAFVR
APO P J Mosedale 25 Sep 1939 Allocated to 'C' Flight
APO H D Thompson MC 25 Sep 1939 Appointed Adjutant
APO J Bailey 25 Sep 1939 Allocated to 'A' Flight
APO G T Barnes 25 Sep 1939 Allocated to 'B' Flight
Lt L H Gamble 14 Nov 1939 Assistant Adjutant, appointed  to a commission in the RAFVR as a Flt Lt, wef 14 Sep 1939
AC2 S C St S Rolfe 16 Nov 1939 Died in an accident
Mr A H Brown 20 Dec 1939 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR as an APO, wef 28 Sep 1939 and allocated to 'A' Flight
Mr H W Bennett 20 Dec 1939 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR as an APO, wef 28 Sep 1939 and allocated to 'B' Flight
Mr F J Ainge 20 Dec 1939 Appointed to a commission in the RAFVR as an APO, wef 28 Sep 1939 and allocated to 'D' Flight

Source - No 912 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2243)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1939

Date Notes
28 Jan 1939 Formed as No 912 (Balloon) (County of Warwick) Squadron as part of the Auxiliary Air Force at Tyburn Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham
17 Feb 1939 First recruits were attested
16 Jun 1939 Squadron moved to No 5 Balloon Centre, Whitehouse Common, Sutton Coldfield
24 Aug 1939 Squadron was embodied
25 Aug 1939 6 x War Sites were occupied
 3 Sep 1939 HQ, 'B' Flight established at Walmley Golf Club, Greenhill Road, Wylde Green
 3 Sep 1939 HQ, 'C' Flight established at 'Tillymeath', Hodgehill Common, Castle Bromwich
 3 Sep 1939 HQ, 'D' Flight established at 810 Walsall Road, Great Barr
16 Sep 1939 HQ, 'C' Flight moved from 'Tillymeath', Hodgehill Common, Castle Bromwich to Midland Aero Club Offices, Castle Bromwich Aerodrome
16 Sep 1939 HQ, 'D' Flight moved from 810 Walsall Road, Great Barr to 'Tillymeath', Hodgehill Common, Castle Bromwich
19 Nov 1939 Squadron HQ moved to its War HQ at 'The Grange' Grange Road, Erdington

Source - No 912 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2243)

Personnel Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Rank Name Date Notes
Flt Lt T E H Grove 25 Jan 1940 Embarked for France as an Advance Party
AC2 Dainty 25 Jan 1940 Embarked for France as an Advance Party
Flt Lt W H R Lloyds MC 30 Jan 1940 Posted to No 954 Sqn (Comprising personnel of No 912 Sqn not moving overseas)
APO J Bailey 30 Jan 1940 Posted to No 954 Sqn (Comprising personnel of No 912 Sqn not moving overseas)
APO A H Brown 30 Jan 1940 Posted to No 954 Sqn (Comprising personnel of No 912 Sqn not moving overseas)
APO H W Bennett 30 Jan 1940 Posted to No 954 Sqn (Comprising personnel of No 912 Sqn not moving overseas)
Plt Off L J M Coleby  7 Mar 1940 Attached from HQ, Air Component pending posting for Meteorological duties
Plt Off G H Lowe 12 Mar 1940 Attached from HQ, Air Component pending posting for Meteorological duties
LAC G H Houghton 13 Mar 1940 Balloon Fabric Worker, promoted to Temp Cpl, wef 1 Feb 1940
Plt Off B G Dewsbury 20 Mar 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 Balloon Centre
Flt Lt R Goode 30 Mar 1940 Rejoined the unit
The records for April and most of May were destroyed prior to the evacuation of the squadron from France
Plt Off P J Mosedale  9 Jun 1940 Assumed command of 'C' Flight
Plt Off J W Buchanan 10 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 908 Sqn,
Plt Off C P Bennett 10 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 906 Sqn
Flt Lt T E H Grove 11 Jun 1940 Attached to Embarkation Office, Southampton
Plt Off J W Buchanan 11 Jun 1940 Attached to Embarkation Office, Southampton
Plt Off K G P Toop 12 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 956 Sqn
Plt Off A J White 12 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 956 Sqn
Flt Lt T E H Grove 15 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to Embarkation Office, Southampton and attached to No 2 Balloon Centre
Plt Off J W Buchanan 15 Jun 1940 Ceased to be attached to Embarkation Office, Southampton and attached to No 2 Balloon Centre
Flt Lt T E H Grove 16 Jun 1940 Ceased to be to No 2 Balloon Centre and attached to RAF Cardington
Plt Off J W Buchanan 16 Jun 1940 Ceased to be to No 2 Balloon Centre and attached to RAF Cardington
Plt Off P J Mosedale 17 Jun 1940 Proceeded to No 7 Balloon Centre, Derby with 'C' Flight
Plt Off K G P Toop 17 Jun 1940 Proceeded to No 7 Balloon Centre, Derby with 'C' Flight
Plt Off A J White 17 Jun 1940 Proceeded to No 7 Balloon Centre, Derby with 'C' Flight
Flt Lt R Goode 20 Jun 1940 Attached to RAF Cardington
Plt Off P J H Green 24 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 5 Balloon Centre
Plt Off L G Hall 24 Jun 1940 Arrived on posting from No 16 Balloon Centre
Plt Off P J Mosedale 27 Jun 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt, wef 17 Jun 1940
AC2 F Haslam  2 Jul 1940 Balloon Fabric Worker, posted to No 1 RAF Depot as non-effective, sick
AC1 H E Couper  2 Jul 1940 Discharged from the RAF, wef 25 Jun 1940
Flt Sgt G D Tonkinson  2 Jul 1940 Clerk/GD, posted to No 2 FTS, wef 21 Jun 1940
Cpl R Southall  2 Jul 1940 Meteorologist, posted to AM Unit, wef 24 Jun 1940
Cpl W C Naylor  2 Jul 1940 Clerk/Accounts, arrived on posting from No 956 Sqn, wef 26 Jun 1940
LAC G S Bower  2 Jul 1940 Clerk, arrived on posting from No 957 Sqn, wef 26 Jun 1940
LAC R G Beutell  2 Jul 1940 Meteorologist, posted No 15 OTU, wef 29 Jun 1940
LAC W G Polson  2 Jul 1940 Meteorologist, posted No 6 SFTS, wef 30 Jun 1940
AC2 D J Harvey  2 Jul 1940 Clerk/Accounts, arrived on posting from No 956 Sqn, wef 26 Jun 1940
AC2 J G Pringle  2 Jul 1940 Clerk/Accounts, arrived on posting from No 958 Sqn, wef 26 Jun 1940
AC2 F J G Stephen  2 Jul 1940 Clerk/Accounts, arrived on posting from No 958 Sqn, wef 26 Jun 1940
AC2 E N Jones  2 Jul 1940 Balloon Rigger, posted from No 911 Sqn, wef  9 Feb 1940
AC2 J Tasker  2 Jul 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from No 958 Sqn, wef  10 Jun 1940
AC2 R Barlow  2 Jul 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from No 958 Sqn, wef  10 Jun 1940
AC2 D Gilkerson  2 Jul 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from No 958 Sqn, wef  11 Jun 1940
AC2 T Gray  2 Jul 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from No 958 Sqn, wef  11 Jun 1940
AC2 T B Brand  2 Jul 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from No 958 Sqn, wef  11 Jun 1940
AC2 W McFarland  2 Jul 1940 ACH, arrived on posting from No 958 Sqn, wef  11 Jun 1940
Act Flt Lt P J Mosedale 11 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt, wef 17 Jun 1940
Plt Off F N Stocker 11 Jul 1940 Promoted to Act (paid) Flt Lt, wef  1 Feb 1940
Plt Off G H Lowe 11 Jul 1940 Ceased to be attached from HQ, Air Component on posting to No 10 Balloon Centre, wef 26 Jun 1940
Fg Off Parker 20 Jul 1940 Attached to Rolleston Camp for Anti-Gas Course
Plt Off P J H Green 26 Jul 1940 Posted to No 98 Sqn RAF Gatwick for Meteorological duties, wef 21 Jul 1940
Plt Off C R Pottinger  1 Aug 1940 Equipment Officer, posted to No 935 Sqn
Plt Off Newey  3 Aug 1940 Attached to No 930 Sqn
Sqn Ldr J V Garmonsway 21 Aug 1940 Relinquished command of No 912 Sqn
Flt Lt H D Thompson 21 Aug 1940 Assumed command of No 912 Sqn
Plt Off G H Gray 20 Aug 1940 Posting from No 9 SFTS for Equipment duties
Plt Off G H Gray 22 Aug 1940 Equipment Officer, attached to No 935 Sqn
Plt Off G H Gray 23 Aug 1940 Posted to No 11 Balloon Centre
Flt Lt H D Thompson  3 Sep 1940 Promoted to Sqn Ldr, wef 24 Aug 1940
Plt Off Brown  3 Sep 1940 Meteorological Officer, ceased to be attached to HQ, No 10 Group
Plt Off B G Dewsbury  4 Sep 1940 Assumed duties of Officer i/c, HQ Flight
Plt Off Pointon  7 Sep 1940 Attached to No 969 Sqn
WO Fieldhouse 12 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 1 Wing, RAF Locking
Plt Off A W Geddes 16 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from No 959 Sqn for duty as Assistant Adjutant, wef 14 Sep 1940
Plt Off Pointon 18 Sep 1940 Posted to No 969 Sqn, wef 14 Sep 1940
Fg Off Parker 18 Sep 1940 Posted to No 969 Sqn, wef 9 Sep 1940
Plt Off M W Brown 18 Sep 1940 Arrived on posting from AM Unit for Meteorological duties
Plt Off C R Pottinger 19 Sep 1940 Equipment Officer, arrived on posting No 935 Sqn, wef 1 Aug 1940
Fg Off F M Wright 24 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Flt Lt, wef 19 Aug 1940
Plt Off B G Dewsbury 24 Sep 1940 Promoted to Act (unpaid) Fg Off, wef 19 Aug 1940
Plt Off C H V Longley  8 Oct 1940 Posted to RAF Manby, wef 25 Sep 1940
Act Flt Lt F M Wright 11 Oct 1940 Promoted to Temp Flt Lt, wef 1 Sep 1940
Plt Off Macpherson 21 Oct 1940 Arrived on posting from No 11 Balloon Centre, wef 17 Oct 1940
Act Fg Off C P Bennett 27 Oct 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt,
Plt Off Macpherson 10 Nov 1940 Arrived on posting from No 904 Sqn
Plt Off J W Buchanan 30 Nov 1940 Promoted to Act Fg Off
Plt Off L G Hall  5 Dec 1940 Posted to PDC, RAF Uxbridge
Act Fg Off B G Dewsbury 12 Dec 1940 Promoted to Act Flt Lt
Fg Off S W Hinds 12 Dec 1940 Arrived on posting from MTD, RAF Halton for Medical duties

Source - No 912 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2243)

Organisational Movements: Jan - Dec 1940

Date Notes
30 Jan 1940 Personnel proceeding overseas returned to No 5 Balloon Centre
 7 Feb 1940 First advance party departed No 5 Balloon Centre for France
10 Feb 1940 Squadron convoy departed No 5 Balloon Centre for France
15 Feb 1940 Main party departed No 5 Balloon Centre for France
16 Feb 1940 Main party arrived in Boulogne
 1 Mar 1940 HQ, 'A' Flight established at 69 Boulevard Mariette
22 May 1940 Squadron departed Boulogne for Calais
23 May 1940 All transport was handed over to the Camp Commandant, Calais and personnel boarded the 'City of Christchurch' and sailed for Southampton
24 May 1940 Squadron personnel arrived in Southampton, disembarked and departed for RAF Cardington
 1 Jun 1940 Squadron reassembled at RAF Cardington following leave
 9 Jun 1940 'C' Flight was reformed
11 Jun 1940 Squadron departed RAF Cardington for Southampton, where it was ordered to remain pending further orders
17 Jun 1940 Squadron departed Southampton for RAF Cardington, via Hook
17 Jun 1940 'C' Flight proceeded to No 7 Balloon Centre, Derby
26 Jun 1940 Squadron departed RAF Cardington for Brockworth
27 Jun 1940 Squadron HQ established at 'Hill Crest', Ermine Street, Brockworth
27 Jun 1940 'C' Flight arrived at Brockworth from No 7 Balloon Centre, Derby
 5 Aug 1940 Squadron HQ moved from 'Hill Crest', Ermine Street, Brockworth to 'Woodstock', Upton Lane, Barnwood
 5 Aug 1940 'A' Flight HQ at Golf House, Gloster Aerodrome
 5 Aug 1940 'B' Flight HQ at 'Hill Crest', Ermine Street, Brockworth
 5 Aug 1940 'C' Flight HQ at 'Northfield', Brockworth

Source - No 912 Sqn ORB (AIR 27/2243)

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